Jul 262016


Sad to announce that John O Neill passed away this morning. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer, the day of our last reunion in November 2015. I did not know John very well in Gormanston, we became friends after the first reunion in 2007. He knew how computers worked, which is what he did for the Bank of Ireland and helped Pat Keenan and I organise the reunions.

We used meet in Dublin when I was home both of us being partial to a Cuban Cigar. We were so different, yet I enjoyed his company so much, and then sharing similar journeys with terminal cancer. A practicing catholic he did not believe I would end up in hell as most of my friends predict. In fact his biggest concern on being told his cancer was terminal was that he would have to listen to me all the time in Heaven, he was relieved when the doctors, gave up looking for my cancer a few moths ago. John’s cancer was progressing, he texted me; ” Looking on the bright side, at least I will be able to Rest in Peace, they wont be taking you for a long time, now Bowie got there first”.

Will miss you John. I have sent my condolences to his wife Harriette and Children Ian and Anna

Richie Lanigan